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Nuncio, Hillustrious score in Sweden

on 07/02/2015 2:00 AM
Nuncio, the winner of the 2014 Kentucky Futurity and Yonkers Trot and third-place finisher in the Hambletonian, won an elimination and the final for Sweden's Sprintermastaren for 4 year olds on Thursday night at the Halmstad track in Sweden.   Stefan Melander, who trains and owns Nuncio, also drove the son of Andover Hall. They won by two lengths in 1:54.1, with Whitehouse Express (Y...
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Winbak Farm to sponsor Old Oaken Bucket

on 07/01/2015 2:00 AM
The Delaware County Fair is pleased to announce that Winbak Farm has committed to sponsor the $150,000 (est.) Old Oaken Bucket for three-year-old colt trotters during the 2015 Delaware Grand Circuit meet. Founded in 1991 by Joe and JoAnn Thomson, Winbak Farm is one of North America's largest horse farms, standing 37 stallions at 5 different locations. Winbak Canada is home of the 2001 LBJ C...
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Muscle Up The Goal 1:55.4 Ontario winner

on 07/01/2015 2:00 AM
Twelve days ago trainer Dustin Jones made an unanticipated return to the race bike behind his top trotting colt Dont Rush, a return that had a direct impact on Tuesday evening's Gold Series event at Mohawk Racetrack.   "Chris (Christoforou) had got hurt that night in the parade, and I wasn't really prepared to drive him,” said Jones of his last minute return to the race bike in th...
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Massive fire at Windsor Raceway

on 07/01/2015 2:00 AM
Windsor Raceway, which was in the process of being demolished, was engulfed in flames early Wednesday morning. Reports indicate the grandstand fire started around 5 a.m. and continued to burn hours later.   Photos of the fire at Windsor Raceway can be found by clicking the link below in this story.   A district fire chief told a local radio station that the fire was huge ...
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Freshman fillies vie in Ohio Sires Stakes

on 07/01/2015 2:00 AM
A total of 85 freshman Ohio-bred fillies passed the entry box at Northfield Park this week, resulting in 11 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) races to be contested Friday, July 3. Each division sports a $40,000 purse in this first leg for 2-year-old pacing and trotting fillies.   Five divisions of 2-year-old fillies will line behind the starting gate in races 1, 2, 3, 5 and 14. T...
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SOA supports moving Yonkers finish line

on 07/01/2015 2:00 AM
The Standardbred Owners Association (SOA) of New York's board of directors endorsed Yonkers Raceway's application to the New York State Gaming Commission to move the track's finish line.   That endorsement was followed up this week with a letter of support for Yonkers Raceway's application to move the finish line to its more conventional place on the half-mile oval, citing...
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American Horse Council holds issues forum

on 07/01/2015 2:00 AM
A broad range of speakers from the federal government and the horse industry addressed the American Horse Council's (AHC) National Issues Forum in Washington, DC on June 16. The theme of the forum was "Protecting and Promoting the Horse.” This year's forum, sponsored by Luitpold, drew a crowd of about 175 and was held in conjunction with the AHC's annual convention, which ran from June ...
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Gotmyredressontnit fastest in NYSS at Buffalo

on 07/01/2015 2:00 AM
Gotmyredressontnit put up the fastest mile while Soft Idea and Encore Deo also found the winner's circle in their first career starts to highlight the action in the three $36,566 divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (July 1). The track record at Buffalo Raceway of 1:56.3 set by Silk Purse in 2011 and tied by Summ...
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At Press Time scorches last quarter at Meadows

on 07/01/2015 2:00 AM
At Press Time scorched the last quarter in 27.1 en route to victory in Wednesday’s $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Fifth down the backside for Dave Palone, At Press Time followed the live cover of Royal Heart before peeling off for his blistering stretch rally. He scored in 1:50. 4, 3/4 lengths better than Hillbilly Hanover in the Lightn...
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Upsets in Ontario Gold 3CP splits at Mohawk

on 06/30/2015 2:00 AM
It was an evening of upsets at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday as the province's top 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings competed in a pair of $85,050 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series divisions.   Lightly regarded Big Moment and driver Trevor Henry kicked things off in the first division, sprinting down the stretch to nab pacesetter JJs Delivery in a photo finish. Just a nose separ...
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Yonkers increases purses; opens now $48,000

on 06/30/2015 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway has announced its latest purse increase, beginning with the Monday, July 6, racing program.   Nearly every class is hiked substantially. The increase now brings the three weekly Opens/Open Handicaps (Trot, Pace, Filly and Mare Pace) to $48,000 (from the present $42,000), while the popular Open Handicap for 4-year-old pacers goes for $35,000 (from $25,000). &n...
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Obrigado favored in $170,000 Cleveland race

on 06/30/2015 2:00 AM
Northeast Ohio's newest premier race, the Cleveland Trotting Classic, will go to post Friday (July 3) at Northfield Park. The Classic carries a $170,000 purse for its inaugural edition and has attracted some of the best veteran trotters in North America. The Grand Circuit race is the featured event of a stakes-laden program. The Friday card offers total purses of $647,500.   Obrigad...
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Thors indicted on 9 counts of animal cruelty

on 06/30/2015 2:00 AM
Monica Thors, well known for her work as a Standardbred photographer, has been indicted on nine counts of animal cruelty by the Gloucester County, NJ, Prosecutor's Office. The indictment, announced on Tuesday (June 30) comes after officers from the NJSPCA seized several horses and a goat from a South Harrison Township farm where Monica Thors, 55, of Mullica H...
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State Treasurer keeps providing thrills

on 06/30/2015 2:00 AM
When it comes to providing thrills for his owners, State Treasurer is money.   The 6-year-old State Treasurer, purchased for a mere $6,500 at the 2010 Standardbred Horse Sale, is a multiple-stakes winner with more than $1 million in earnings for owners Sally and Allan MacDonald and Paul and Sophie MacDonald. Earlier this year he won an unprecedented third Molson Pace and last season...
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Powerhouse Sun Stakes Saturday card at Pocono

on 06/30/2015 2:00 AM
Early-season divisional bragging rights will be certainly on the line this Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono when the northeast PA track hosts the $2,268,000 Sun Stakes Saturday supercard, featuring the $500,000 championships for the Ben Franklin FFA pace, the Earl Beal Jr. 3-year-old colt trot and the Max C. Hempt 3-year-old colt pace, and the $300,000 James Lynch Champio...
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Jesse's Story lights Yonkers toteboard

on 06/30/2015 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway ended the first half of 2015 with its largest win payoff of the season.   It was big balloons, or gros ballons for the French audience Tuesday afternoon, when 72-1 Jesse’s Story ($146) overcame post position No. 12 in the second tier to win the $21,000, eighth-race trot.   Jordan Stratton, or Jordan Stratton for the French audience, d...
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Promotions for Sun Stakes Saturday

on 06/30/2015 2:00 AM
On Saturday (July 4), the best of the best will land in northeast Pennsylvania for the $2,268,000 Sun Stakes Saturday supercard, featuring the $500,000 final for the Ben Franklin Free-For-All Pace, the Earl Beal Jr. 3-year-old colt trot, the Max C. Hempt 3-year-old colt pace, and the $300,000 James Lynch 3-year-old filly pacers.   All four of these events have consolation events, ...
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Totally Rusty sets Harrington mark in DSBF

on 06/30/2015 2:00 AM
Three $20,000 divisions of 3-year-old pacing fillies in the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes' first leg were contested Tuesday at Harrington Raceway.  Let It Ride Stable, Dana Parham and Carter Racing Stable's Totally Rusty ($2.10, Corey Callahan) equaled the track record for sophomore pacing fillies with a 1:52.1 romp over Nella's Bus and Gigi Deo. Trained by Ross Croghan, ...
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SBSW daughters take 2 PA All Star splits

on 06/30/2015 2:00 AM
 Driver Brett Miller won with two daughters of Somebeachsomewhere, as five divisions of a $150,000 Pennsylvania All-Stars event for state-sired 2-year-old pacing fillies were held over a sloppy track Tuesday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Brett Miller rallied Heels On The Beach out of the pocket and into a :28.2 final quarter to take the fastest division in 1:53.2 by 1½...
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Gingras wins 7 at Harrah's Philadelphia

on 06/29/2015 2:00 AM
It was a big day for driver Yannick Gingras on Sunday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. Gingras had a natural hat trick, winning races 5, 6 and 7. He followed that up by sweeping the late Pick 3 and the late double for seven wins on the program. He also swept the co-featured events on Sunday, open affairs both on the pace and trot.   In the open trot, it was Gural Hanover (Gi...
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